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Making a 1200 X 1600 background

Jul 10, 2012, 00:44
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Making a 1200 X 1600 background
Hi guys. First post here so please take it easy on me! I have an image that is a cellphone picture of a magazine picture. It is 1952 X 3264 pixels tall and skinny. It is mostly blackish but has a red line drawing in it.
I would like to make a layer(?) that is 4352 X 3264 (4x3 ratio) that is all black then put the original image on it (as a different layer?). After that I would like to put a very light smoky-haze over it all. Lastly resize it to 1200 X 1600 and reduce the file size to a reasonable size.
I am very new at this so I need a good step by step or link to a good tutorial. Thanks in advance for any and all help.
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Jul 10, 2012, 21:06
Post: #2
RE: Making a 1200 X 1600 background
I was expecting some big hairy to-do. Was very easy. I was done in about a minute.
I got the image on a background layer and the checkerboard background.
I'm following your advice but would venture to guess the next step would be to create a fully black background with a size of 4352X 3264 or scale the image to fit in a 1200 X 1600 screen. Is this correct?

I appreciate the quick response. Thanks greatly.
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Jul 11, 2012, 01:01
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RE: Making a 1200 X 1600 background
Got up to speed with your help. The image now has a dark grey (black) background that doesn't quite match the image back ground. Tried to use smudge but found out it wouldn't go past the layer border. Played around a bit and saved it as JPG to flatten it. The smudge did work properly, getting rid of the hard line between what was the layers.
I also scaled the image to 1200 X 1600 but found it was too small to do fine work on so I unscaled it. Scaling will be my LAST step.
So now I'm looking for a smoke effect to kinda mystify the total image. Do I find a picture on the net to do the same steps to or can you show me how to do it manually?

Thanks again for your help and quick replies.
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Jul 11, 2012, 22:19
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RE: Making a 1200 X 1600 background
I didn't crop the cellphone picture tightly due to a hazy effect around it so it left a small light grey area around the phone. I tried to smudge it but the effect wasn't quite right. So I jgp'd it and played around. I still have the xcf too.

I play with the smoke on both pix and see what happens. Again thanks for your time.
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Jul 11, 2012, 22:21
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RE: Making a 1200 X 1600 background
How do I go about applying Python if needed?
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